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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: May 12, 2008 8:22pm
Forum: audio Subject: Re: A Question about US/UK copyright (Please Help me Now!!)

That really doesn't answer my question. I'm talking about 60's records that were never submitted for copyright. How can a 60's record be under copyright if it was NEVER copyrighted to begin with? I'm Confused.

This post was modified by Robin_1990 on 2008-05-13 03:22:01

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Poster: kustota Date: May 13, 2008 2:00am
Forum: audio Subject: Re: A Question about US/UK copyright (Please Help me Now!!)

"In all countries where the Berne Convention standards apply, copyright is automatic, and need not be obtained through official registration with any government office. Once an idea has been reduced to tangible form, for example by securing it in a fixed medium (such as a drawing, sheet music, photograph, a videotape, or a computer file), the copyright holder is entitled to enforce his or her exclusive rights. However, while registration isn't needed to exercise copyright, in jurisdictions where the laws provide for registration, it serves as prima facie evidence of a valid copyright and enables the copyright holder to seek statutory damages and attorney's fees. (In the USA, registering after an infringement only enables one to receive actual damages and lost profits.)"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: May 13, 2008 2:12am
Forum: audio Subject: Re: A Question about US/UK copyright (Please Help me Now!!)

OK. I'm kinda getting confused. Does that mean that in the US, even if a film is never registered, It is still protected by copyright?

This post was modified by Robin_1990 on 2008-05-13 09:09:19

This post was modified by Robin_1990 on 2008-05-13 09:12:52

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Poster: kustota Date: May 13, 2008 2:23am
Forum: audio Subject: Re: A Question about US/UK copyright (Please Help me Now!!)

as i understand, works are registered for convenience only, so to speak, so it would be easier to enforce copyright afterwards.

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Poster: reverse engine Date: May 17, 2008 6:57pm
Forum: audio Subject: Re: A Question about US/UK copyright (Please Help me Now!!)

Yes. Any completed creative work is automatically protected under copyright in the US (I don't know about international copyright law, but this may be the case other places as well). Registering works with the US Copyright office merely makes your legal claims to copyright easier to protect. Copyright is automatic.